It is with regret we announce the passing of former SUFC President, Ruskin Davis.
Ruskin was 91 years old and still watched as many Sydney Uni games as he could, having been president from 1980 to 1982.
Ruskin was the father of Richard and Roger Davis who had played for the Club in the 1970’s. He had attended Fort Street High School, completing the Leaving Certificate in 1934. He entered the University of Sydney on 1935 as an evening student to do Arts and later Economics and played rugby with Drummoyne. When the Second World War broke out, he enlisted and spent five years in the Army. He was discharged from the Army in 1946 and completed his final Economics exam in the same year.
He had three sons, Roger (born in 1951), Philip (born in 1953) and Richard (born in 1955) all of whom attended The King’s School, Parramatta. During the 1950’s and 1960’s, Davis was not involved in club rugby, preferring instead to follow his sons every Saturday during the school football season. Roger completed his Higher School Certificate in 1969 and entered the University of Sydney in 1970. He immediately joined SUFC and Ruskin followed his progress after watching Philip and Richard at Kings in the morning.
In 1972, Ruskin was made an associate vice-president of SUFC, in 1973 he was elected as one of the four active senior vice-presidents who had roles on the club’s committee. He served in this position from 1973 to 1979 and was then elected as president in 1980, taking over from Pat Nicholas who was standing down.
All at SUFC send our thoughts and love to the Davis family at this sad time